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Three Things You Should Do Before Your Real Estate Appraisal

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Whether you're trying to sell your property or open a home equity alone, a real estate appraisal can be incredibly important to your financial future. Many homeowners make the mistake of entering into an appraisal without preparations, assuming that their home will show its true value. Real estate appraisals can be somewhat subjective, however, and there are some things that a homeowner can do to hopefully improve their home's first impressions.

12 January 2016

4 Tips For Getting A Deposit Back When Renting An Apartment

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When renting an apartment, most complexes require tenants to pay a refundable deposit before moving in. This deposit is to ensure that if you damage anything inside the apartment, the apartment complex will be able to make repairs with the deposit money. While a deposit is refundable, don't assume that you will automatically receive your entire deposit back after you move out. If you want to greatly increase the chances of getting your deposit back, use the following tips:

4 January 2016

Questions To Ask Before Renting Your First Apartment

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Are you getting ready to move into your very first apartment? Are you tempted to grab onto the first one that falls within your price range? When it comes to apartments for rent, the search process can seem long and tedious. But to make sure that you get the right apartment for you, here are some questions to ask before signing any lease agreement: When will the apartment become available? 

25 December 2015

Can Your Property Management Company Stop You From Renting Out Your Condo?

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If you own a condominium and decide to move to a new city, you might want to rent out your condo to someone else instead of selling it. This seems logical in some situations; however, you might run into problems with your property management firm when you do this. Some property management firms do not allow this, and here are two reasons they might tell you that this is not allowed.

3 December 2015

Tips For Making A Winning Bid On A Home

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If you are hoping to buy a home in a seller's market, you might have some stiff competition. Setting yourself apart from the crowd when it comes of your offer is key. Here are four tips that will help you make the winning offer on your dream home. 1. Talk Up the Owner or the Seller's Agent Before you put anything in writing, try to get a minute chatting up either the seller or real estate agent onsite.

15 October 2015

Pest Control Alert: Banishing Rodents From Your Vehicle

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Mice, squirrels, chipmunks, and other rodents like to chew on wiring, including the wiring in your vehicle. Since it's expensive to replace damaged wiring and repair the engine damage that short circuits can cause, it's important to keep these varmints at bay. But keeping them away requires knowing what attracts them in the first place. You also need to know how to recognize the tell-tale signs of a rodent invasion.

13 October 2015

How To Make Bathtub And Bathroom Floors Safe To Walk On

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Slip and fall accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death among the elderly, and the risk of suffering a slip and fall accident increases as you age. One place that is notoriously dangerous for the elderly is the bathroom. Porcelain and enamel bathtubs, and hard tile floors like terrazzo and marble, can be extremely slippery when wet. You can decrease the amount of slipperiness by treating the bathtub and tiled floor with anti-slip treatment agents designed to raise the friction level of the surfaces.

13 October 2015

The Sherlock Of Homes: What An MLS Ad Can Inadvertently Reveal About A House

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If you are looking for a house, an MLS is one of the easiest ways to find a number of options. Depending on the multiple listing service (MLS), you will be able to find homes in a variety of neighborhoods. You will also be able to filter to find the precise number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and amenities that you would prefer. Along with the number of rooms and the beautiful pictures, an MLS can inadvertently reveal a number of other characteristics about the home, if only you look close enough.

7 October 2015

3 Tips For Getting A Mortgage If You Are Self-Employed

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Being self-employed and trying to get a home loan can be very hard. Many self-employed individuals feel as though it is impossible to be seriously considered by mortgage lenders for a home loan. Luckily, there are a couple things that you can do to improve your chances to get a home loan, even if you are self-employed. Here are some tips. 1. Avoid Taking Deductions Come tax season, you need to be very careful about the deductions that you take.

5 October 2015

Three Tips For The Best Real Estate Record Keeping

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When it comes to real estate dealings, you will need to learn some record-keeping strategies that will help you to make the absolute most out of your transactions, tax obligations, and other real estate needs. There are a number of strategies that you can follow in order to make the most of any real estate need that you have while also having documentation for your municipality for any reason. Follow this guide and use it so that you are able to make the most of your real estate record-keeping process.

1 October 2015